By Becca Hunt, Staff Writer
Everyone is familiar with the term “selfie”, and it’s not uncommon to see someone out in public taking pictures of themselves, either alone or with a group of friends.
In 2014, the band Chainsmokers noticed the selfie trend and in response made a demo of a song with monologue from a female clubber. The song “#Selfie” was a hit and was commonly used in popular Vines. Now it seems that there is a new phenomenon for selfie-lovers.
The “selfie-stick” has become incredibly popular and recently reached America. The selfie-stick started in Asia, where most tech trends originate. The design of the selfie-stick is a long extendable metal rod, which clasps on to a smartphone. This rod can extend to three feet or more. Some require a camera timer, while others have Bluetooth remotes.
The selfie-stick not only makes it convenient for taking larger group pictures, but it also avoids having to ask a stranger to take a picture of you and your group of friends. The New York Post said, “Selfie on a stick- a local company that sells the device online and at a select Nordstrom and Opening Ceremony stores- has seen 3,000 percent growth in sales in November alone. They’ve sold out of their Nordstrom stock three times already this season.”
Even pop star Beyoncé took the selfie-stick for a spin in her new music video “7/11”. When searching #selfie on social media, the selfie-stick can be seen used by all different types of people.
“We thought that it would just be a great addition to the American Market,” Jacqueline Verdier, co-owner of Selfie-on-a-Stick said. While some people are excited about the new selfie on a stick, there are others, such as Jesse Fox, an assistant professor of communications at The Ohio State University, who are not as pleased by the concept.
Fox believes that promoting this selfie-stick is further isolating this generation, and generations to come. “It’s definitely cutting down that social interaction of ‘Can you take a photo of us if we take one of you?’ among people” Fox said.
Fox did a recent study that focused on men who spend a large amount of time editing or posting selfies, and it showed that they proved to be more narcissistic. The study led to the conclusion that selfie-taking men were more apt to exhibit more psychopathic qualities. The selfie-stick makes it easy to spot tourists, who may be more focused on taking the picture, than actually seeing where they are.
Some places have even banned the selfie-stick. In South Korea there is a ban on selfie-sticks because the Bluetooth signal from unlicensed sticks are causing other cell phones and devices to malfunction. In London certain venues, such as concerts will not allow them, and call them “selfish-sticks.” This new phenomenon has taken off and can be seen used just about everywhere.